Rainfall in catchment areas forces authorities to release 1700 mc ft water from the reservoir


With the grace of God, the Mahakal City has received full quota of water at its lone water reservo

ir, the Gambhir dam, which is also called its lifeline. But the lack of storage capacity in the reservoir prompted the authorities concerned to release 1700 mc ft water to ensure its safety. This quantity of water is sufficient to cater to the needs of city residents round the year.

Unlike previous year, when the Gambhir reservoir had received full capacity of water in the dam that is 2250 mc ft due to water released from Indores Yeshwant Sagar lake, this year it has gotten full capacity in the dam due to torrential rains in the catchment areas.

On Saturday evening, the authorities had to open gate number 3 of the Gambhir Dam as the water level rose to 2110.500 mc ft. Till 4 pm, the water level kept rising and then the authorities decided to open the gate at 4.15 pm. At 8 am, the water level in the dam cam down to 2054 mc ft.

According to executive engineer M R Raju, they had to open the gate of the dam this year a number of times so far due to incessant rains in its catchment areas. He told Free Press that 1700 mc ft water has been released so far which will ultimately flow in to the Chambal river. He said that maintenance of all six gates of the dam was completed in June itself, but the gates are opened only when the water level reaches 2000 – 2100 mc ft mark and that too for the sake of dams safety. He also said that release of water may continue further as heavy rains are expected soon.

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